To be perfectly frank, the first “The Hunger Games” trailer hit all the right notes with us this morning when it debuted. As the next four months slowly tick by, I’m sure we’ll be able to come up with plenty more scenes we’re desperate to see from the film, but for now there are only a few major moments we would have preferred to see some more of in this first trailer. Some of them — like Katniss’s big reveal as the Girl on Fire — will likely be saved for the big screen, but some others — like romance blooming between Katniss and Peeta — will probably be showcased in the coming months.
There’s a lot for many people to like in “The Hunger Games.” There’s politics, action and, like all good young adult novels nowadays, a big fat love triangle. We tried to pick something for everyone in this list of the five things we wish had been in the “The Hunger Games” trailer. And don’t forget to read the list of our top five moments from the trailer.
The Girl on Fire
The only scene more iconic in “The Hunger Games” than Katniss being revealed as the Girl on Fire is the scene where Prim gives Katniss her Mockingjay pin, which appropriately was shown in today’s trailer. Despite our every instinct telling us there’s no way that Lionsgate is going to show Katniss making her triumphant debut in the Capitol, there’s nothing we would love more than to see Katniss and Peeta ride in in their chariots with their capes being set on fire. The one shot of Katniss all glammed up in a dress is likely from her second interview with Caesar Flickman based on the fact that it is so subdued. If you look really closely at about the 1:33 minute mark in the trailer, you can see some Capitol residents looking through binoculars at two figures on fire from a distance, but we want the real deal. Lionsgate, you tease.
The wealth and outlandishness of The Capitol
This also was teased in the trailer, but not really shown. The opulence of the Capitol is one of the biggest political criticisms in “The Hunger Games,” and one of the major aspects of the government of Panem that fuels Katniss’s rage. There are a few brief shots of the Capitol in the trailer, such as when the train arrives in the city and when Katniss and her fellow tributes are training. But it will be nice to see a shot of Katniss at one of the Capitol’s over-the-top feasts to contrast with her poor home district, District 12.
Muttations and Jabberjays
It was definitely an intentional decision to not include scenes from The Hunger Games beyond the tributes’ mad dash to get weapons at the Cornucopia. But some day soon, those scenes from the latter half of the movie will have to be revealed. There are two big CGI effects that we can anticipate from “The Hunger Games”: the Jabberjays and the Muttations. Hopefully Lionsgate will reveal teases of those scenes ahead of time so fans can be convinced that the computer animated portions of the film will look as gorgeous as the rest of it.
Katniss playing to her audience
One of the most important elements of Katniss’s survival techniques in The Hunger Games is the way she plays to her Panem audience. The Games are broadcast on live television and are a national event, much like the Olympics or the Super Bowl. Katniss knows her audience is watching, so she acts out accordingly in order to become a sympathetic character. There is one shot in particular in the trailer that sort of teases this, but it will be nice to see her pull out some of her best stunts to win Panem over.
Romance blooming between Katniss and Peeta
Of course there’s a love story centered at the heart of “The Hunger Games”! It wouldn’t have as many teenage girl fans if it didn’t. But the love story in “The Hunger Games” is a bit different than the one in, say, “Twilight.” Since Katniss is in a mindset where she plans for her every action to be interpreted by her live audience, it’s unclear from the start whether she is actually interested in Peeta or whether she’s just doing it for the show. And, even better, she’s not sure what his motivations are either. It proves to be interesting fodder for a blossoming love story, and is definitely something that the majority of the fans of the book will be looking forward to seeing.